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Trans-Siberian Tour Moscow - Beijing

MOSCOW - BEIJING 23 August – 06 September
BEIJING - MOSCOW 31 August – 14 September

ROUTE 2015

via Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Lake Baikal, Ulaan Ude, Ulan Bator (Ulaan Baatar / Ulaanbataar), Erlian, Beijing.
This journey can be taken from Beijing to Moscow, with the same itinerary.

Travelling in the luxury of the Imperial Russia train, visiting many of the largest historical and cultural centres of the vast Russian Empire, is an incredible way to journey through the heart of Russia. One of the most famous railways in the world, the Trans-Siberian Railway is thousands of kilometres long, running from the shores of the Baltic Sea to the shores of the Pacific Ocean, with an important junction to the Trans-Mongolian Railway.

The tour guide will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Hotels: 1 night in Moscow at the Baltchug Kempinski 5* and 2 nights in Beijing at the Regent 5* or similar plus 1 night in a yurt, (the rest on the train).

The VIP suites on the Imperial Russia have comfortable seating in the form of a sofa and an armchair. During the evening they are converted into upper and lower berths by the stewards.
A wardrobe allows one to store clothes and luggage, and there are individual air conditioning controls.
There is a private bathroom en suite with shower for each Suite, wash basin and toilet and provided bathrobe and slippers. There are also toilets at the end of the carriage.
Complimentary mini bottle of Vodka and Russian sweets.

2 berths: one upper and one lower bed; the lower bed converts to seating.
There is a table with an armchair, a TV and wardrobe. a shower and wash basin is shared with one other First Class Plus cabin; toilets are at the end of the carriage. The carriage is air-conditioned.

Restaurant Cars

The Imperial Russia has two elegant dining cars, one in opulent gold upholstery, the other in a rich red and gold upholstery. The large panoramic windows provide amazing vistas whilst passengers enjoy traditional cuisine.

Bar Car

The Imperial Russia bar car is a great place to relax and settle into the unhurried pace of life on board and unwind in comfortable surroundings whilst watching the Russian landscape go by. The carriage is separated by a decorative partition, thus giving two comfortable areas where one can eat, dance or relax.

Day 1 Moscow. After breakfast at the hotel, there is a City tour which includes a visit to the amazing Kremlin, treasure house of magnificent art, after which we walk along Arbat Street, created in the 15th century, thus laying claim to being one of the oldest surviving streets of the capital. Then there is a visit to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, with its beautiful interior and its copper domes that dominate the skyline, and a tour of the famous metro stations, each one a delight of artist achievement and a surprising find underground. We join the 'Imperial Russia' Train to settle in as it travels overnight to Kazan.

Day 2 Kazan. This picturesque Tartar capital with its beautiful colourful domes is situated on the banks of the Volga. There is a Grand city tour of 'Old Kazan', followed by a visit to the Kazan Kremlin and a delicious lunch of Tartar cuisine. We rejoin the train for dinner whilst travelling to Yekaterinburg.

Day 3 Yekaterinburg. The city tour is dedicated to the final days of the last Russian Emperor and his family, Tsar Nicholas II. There is a visit to the Church on Blood which was built in memory of the tragic events. We also visit the orthodox monastery with temples that are considered to be pearls of Russian construction. Luncheon is taken before going to the Europe/Asia boundary where one can stand with a foot in each continent. As we depart Yekaterinburg, dinner is served on the way to Novosibirsk.

Day 4 Novosibirsk. Breakfast is taken as the train arrives in Novosibirsk, a city of academic science. It has not lost the charm of its past, which is shown in the Bark, Sun and Train museum. We visit these and the Opera House, as well as ancient streets and the Ob River. Departing Novosibirsk, dinner is served on the train as it travels overnight to Irkutsk.

Day 5 is spent on board as the train continues its journey to Irkutsk.

Day 6 Irkutsk. Called the 'Paris of Siberia', with its classic wooden architecture and the Decembrist House museum (dedicated to the memory of the exiled aristocrats, forced to flee to this remote outpost after the failed revolution of 1825). We visit this museum as well as the “wooden lace" house, also called the “House of Europe", before wandering the amazing streets of the city. There is free time at the 130 Quarter (Irkutskaya Sloboda), with reconstructed buildings from the 19th century. Visit to the Talsty ethnographic museum located in a picturesque place on the right bank of the Angara river.

Dinner in a local restaurant after which overnight travel to Baikal.

Day 7 Baikal. Arriving after breakfast, we take the ferry to the Listvyanka village, the closest settlement to Irkutsk on the shores of the beautiful Lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world and known as the Pearl of Siberia with its unique breed of freshwater seal. Enjoy a picnic lunch and go on to the Chersky Stone observation point with a beautiful view of the southern part of the lake and the source of the Angara River. Visit to Baikal Museum which displays the flora and fauna of the lake. We continue our journey to Ulaan Ude.

Day 8 Ulaan Ude. There is a sightseeing tour of this city which is on the cross-roads of Russia with China and Mongolia, full of ethnic and cultural diversity. There are visits to some wonderful churches and a welcome to a traditional Buryat family, where one can learn how to cook the traditional Burat dish 'posy', as well as trying out a Buryat costume, learning how to use a bow or play dice. Then our journey continues overnight to Ulan Bator.

Day 9 Ulan Bator. After visiting the Zaisan Memorial from the top of which you can observe the panoramic view of Ulan Bator and the river Tola, there is a transfer to Terelj Naitonal Park, where one settles into one's yurk before lunch. After lunch there is an excursion to the turtle rock to see the beautiful scenery of the surrounding area. There is a visit to a Mongolian nomadic family where one can try traditional food and have the option of riding for an hour. Dinner is served after which one sees the sun set in the wide steppe. Accommodation in Yurts.

Day 10 Ulan Bator. Returning to Ulan Bator, we visit the well-known Buddhist Monastery Gandan, where the famous 26.5-meter-high golden statue of Migjid Janraisig the bodhisattva of Avalokitesvara is located. There is a visit to the Palace-museum of Bogd Khan Uul, with its 8124 exhibits, and a trip to the largest square in the world, Sukhbaatar Square. Then we visit the Museum of Natural History and the State Museum of History of Mongolia. Lunch is a Mongolian BBQ, a after which there is a folklore show. Rejoin the train for the overnight journey to Erlian.

Day 11 Erlian. Train change for the Chinese train.

Day 12/13 Beijing. Arriving in Beijing we leave the train and transfer to the hotel. The two days include tours of: the Great Wall of China, Tian'anmen Square, the Imperial Palace Gugun (The Forbidden City), which was the main Palace complex of the Chinese Emperors from the XV to the beginning of XX century, of the Ming and Qing dynasty. Visit the Temple of Heaven - a place, where Chinese Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasty annually staged the rituals of sacrifice to the Sky. Park of Nationalities of China, where the architecture, domestic institutions and exhibits reflect the way of life of large and small ethnic groups in China.

Day 14 Beijing. After a final night in the hotel, transfers are available to take you to the airport.

RATES (GROSS)

CATEGORY MOSCOW - BEIJING, BEIJING - MOSCOW
(PRICE, EUR)
VIP (per person in a two-bedded compartment) 9 805
FIRST CLASS PLUS (per person in a two-bedded compartment) 5 950
FIRST CLASS (per person in a two-bedded compartment) 5 150
STANDARD (per person in four-bedded compartment) 3 960

SUPPLEMENT PAYMENTS

CATEGORY MOSCOW - BEIJING, BEIJING - MOSCOW
(PRICE, EUR)
For single use of VIP compartment 5 580
For single use of FIRST CLASS PLUS compartment 2 055
For single use of FIRST CLASS compartment 1 775
For three passengers in four-bedded STANDARD 155 per person

PAYMENT and CANCELLATION CONDITIONS

1. Non-refundable prepayments payable 5 days upon receipt of the confirmation of the tour:
- 1500 EUR - per person in VIP compartment;
- 900 EUR - per person in FIRST CLASS PLUS compartment;
- 900 EUR - per person in FIRST CLASS compartment;
- 500 EUR - per person in STANDARD compartment;
2. Full payment due to be made 60 days prior to departure.
3. After cancellation of a confirmed reservation 60 days prior to departure of the Tour 50% of the cost will be non-refundable.
4. After cancellation of a confirmed reservation 30 days prior to departure of the tour 100% of the cost of the tour will be non-refundable.

SERVICES INCLUDED

ACCOMMODATION

  • On-board the “Imperial Russia Train”in Russia and Mongolia, Chinese train – in China.
  • 1 night at Moscow hotel (Tour Moscow - Beijing). Baltchug Kempinski.
  • 2 nights at Beijing hotel (Moscow - Beijing). Beijing hotel.
  • Towels, bathrobe and slippers available on-board of the “Imperial Russia” train.

EXCURSIONS & GUIDES

  • Excursions with local guides according to the program.
  • Excursions will be conducted in English, German, French and Spanish. Other languages are possible upon request.

MEALS

  • Tea/coffee on board throughout the day.
  • Full board.

OTHER SERVICES

  • Pick-up at the airports, transfer to hotels and train stations, transfer to the airport (in Moscow, Irkutsk and Beijing, depending on Tour choice).
  • Services of the porter at the hotel and the railway station.
  • Brief informative lectures on the Trans-Siberian Rail-road, geography and history of the country visited;
  • Doctor on board.
  • English Speaking Group Leader and Tour managers.

Services Not Included

  • Flights International and Domestic.
  • The cost of entry visas.
  • All drinks ordered in the bar car.
  • “Tailor made” excursions. You have possibility to extend your Tour. We offer additional excursions in every city within the Tour and in other cities of Russia.
  • Meals on the day of arrival, departure.
  • Tips and personal expenses.
  • Insurance (every passenger is obliged to have a medical insurance for the whole duration of the Tour);
  • Vaccination: consult your doctor or medical center for specific health advice, due to visit of different countries in terms of this Tour).
Please note! Tour Program changes are possible. For more information please contact.